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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Homophobia in the African American Community

Homophobia is a prevalent issue that plagues all races, genders and classes. It becomes a compounded issue when race is a primary challenge in a homosexual’s life. For African Americans who identify as homosexual, their sexuality has caused issues on different levels. The history of African Americans being situated as second class citizens and then further marginalization due to their gender, class and sexuality have all influenced the lack of introspection of the African American community on homophobia. The researchers experience with homophobia within this community has influenced a need for a better understanding of the roots of homophobia within this particular group. There are studies that have dealt with homophobia among African Americans and the various reasons for its existence as well as possible solutions. The proposed qualitative study will add to the cannon of literature and research to strengthen the knowledge base about homophobia.

Presenter: Felicia Cordero (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Women and Gender Studies
Location: Barbara Mitrano
Time: 2:45 pm (Session IV)